Canada ’s Prime Minister Stephen Harper has offered his condolences to the people of Nepal and northern India who lost family and friends in the powerful earthquake and its aftershocks.
“The thoughts and prayers of all Canadians are with the many affected by this disaster and we wish a speedy recovery to all those injured,” he said in a statement.
“Our officials in the region are working with Nepali and Indian authorities to ensure that any Canadians affected by the earthquake are safe and accounted for. In cooperation with international partners, they are also assessing the needs of the affected populations to determine how Canada may assist if asked to help .
“We mourn with the people of Nepal and India in the aftermath of this terrible natural disaster and offer our help and our prayers,” he said.
Similarly, Christian Paradis, Canada ’s Minister of International Development, announced on Saturday that the government of Canada will support experienced humanitarian organisations with $5 million to provide life-saving assistance to meet the urgent needs of people affected by the earthquake in Nepal. Canada is also a contributor to international rapid response mechanisms that ensure partner organisations are able to act immediately at the onset of a crisis.
“ Canada remains committed to supporting the most vulnerable people in this tragedy,” said Minister Paradis.